I had the opportunity to check out Rao’s Italian restaurant when I was invited for an intimate taste of the brand’s newest sauce flavor, Tomato Herb at their Hollywood location. The specialty food brand of the same name is known for its line of best-selling, premium authentic robust Italian pasta sauces steeped in years of Italian tradition.
Rao’s in Hollywood is a replica of the original legendary 117-year-old New York eatery, Rao’s, This upscale Italian eatery, with the same dark wood, red leather booths, white tablecloths is a place you’d imagine Frank Sinatra would dine at, with that old school classic Italian charm.
But don’t bother trying to get into Rao’s New York—it’s literally impossible to get a reservation. Customers have standing reservations booked ongoing. But Rao’s Hollywood features the same Italian classics as its NY sibling.
Frank Pellegrino Jr., Rao’s owner and author of “Rao’s Recipes From The Neighborhood graciously hosted the four-course lunch and gave us some insight on the brand.
Tomato Herb uses Italian whole peeled and cherry tomatoes along with fresh vegetables and classic herbs like basil and oregano and is reminiscent of a summer garden in a bottle. All natural ingredients!
Then came exquisite dishes and a splendid Bloody Mary made with Rao’s new Tomato Herb sauce and Rao’s classic recipes.
Rao’s Homemade® is an iconic specialty food brand offering a line of best-selling, premium authentic pasta sauces, pastas, dressings, vinegars, roasted vegetables and more. Based on the simplicity of traditional Southern Italian cooking, Rao’s products are made with the finest and freshest ingredients, including whole peeled tomatoes from Italy, farm fresh basil, wholesome vegetables, onions and garlic. Rao’s sauces are made without the addition of sugar, tomato paste, water or thickeners.
Known as the leading brand of premium pasta sauce in the world, Rao’s Homemade® offers authentic including Marinara, Tomato Basil, Roasted Garlic, Four Cheese and Arrabbiata flavors. Every jar contains 100% steam peeled Italian tomatoes, pure olive oil, and fresh vegetables that are slow-simmered and bottled in small batches, ensuring a truly authentic and high- quality taste you can rely on for all your irresistibly delicious recipes. The recipe for Rao’s Homemade® Sauce is based on the very same recipe and ingredients used in the authentic Italian dishes served at the legendary Rao’s restaurant in NYC.
The late Frank Pellegrino Sr. (who you may have seen on “The Soprano’s”), knew the importance of cooking with “pulito” ingredients— Italian for purest ingredients— which is why Rao’s uses absolutely no tomato blends, water, starches, fillers, colors or added sugar in its sauces. The result? Authentic and nutritious sauces you and your family can rely on for consistently delicious meals. Key Rao’s Attributes: ● All-natural, premium quality ingredients ● Made with Italian tomatoes imported from southern Italy ● Slow-simmered sauces in small batches ● No added sugar, tomato paste, thickeners or water ● Legendary family recipes and tradition ● A flavor for every taste.
Rao’s: 1006 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038